Young people in Devon strike gold

Young people in Devon have struck gold after being awarded a Duke of Edinburgh accolade.

YOUNG people from across Devon will be honoured for their hard work after achieving their Duke of Edinburgh gold awards.

More than 95 young people from across Devon achieved the gold award during 2010 and some will be presented with their awards by Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Sir John Cave, at a ceremony in Exeter on Saturday (January 8).

As part of the personal development programme, the young people have been taking part in activities including expeditions in South African wildlife reserves, tractor driving and working on respite breaks for disadvantaged children.

There are currently 4,500 young people taking part in this programme with Devon County Council.

Councillor Christine Channon, Cabinet Member for Schools and Skills, said: “I am delighted that, once again, so many young people from across Devon have been involved in this superb scheme, having undertaken a wide and varied range of projects and expeditions to achieve this award.

“The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme provides young people with a real breadth of skills - from volunteering to physical challenges, developing existing talents or trying something new, taking part in an expedition and undertaking a residential trip as part of a team.

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“These are all skills that will provide them with invaluable assets towards further education, employment and training, as well as helping local communities, charities and voluntary groups.”